Pacific Lutheran wins NWC

Senior Teddy Downing batted 4-for-5 with an
RBI and two runs scored and junior Dan Shaw
struck out four in a complete-game effort as
Clark completed a NEWMAC West sweep of WPI
Sunday with an 8-3 triumph at Granger Field.
Clark athletics photo

Pacific Lutheran clinched the Northwest Conference regular season title on Sunday, dropping the front end of a doubleheader 6-2 to host George Fox University before taking game two 7-6 in 11 innings to hoist the title. In the first game, the Lutes (19-12, 17-6 NWC) had a rough first inning, giving up five runs on six hits, which put them in a hole that they didn't manage to come back from. In the second game, the Lutes fought back from a deficit to win in an extra-innings spectacle.

Joe Quinn gave up one run on three hits in a complete-game effort on the mound and Grant Mullin drilled the go-ahead solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Eureka to a 2-1 SLIAC West Division triumph over 25th-ranked Webster, at Henry Sand Field. The Gorloks earned a 7-6 win earlier Sunday in the resumption of the middle game of the weekend series. The Red Devils' win on Sunday is the program's first on record over a nationally ranked opponent and ended an 18-game skid in the series with Webster dating back to Eureka's previous victory, an 11-6 triumph at Henry Sand Field on April 23, 2012.

Mitchell won the rubber match of its weekend series with Dean by a 10-1 final in NECC action at Alumni Field. The Mariners, who scored a combined six runs in Saturday's doubleheader, exploded for 10 runs on 10 hits in the series finale. Steven Pagan went 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI to lead the attack. Eric Marriott hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI. Mitchell starter Bryton Ferris scattered seven hits over 8.0 innings and struck out five to improve to 5-0. The one run he surrendered was unearned.

Sophomore Colin Kelly hit two home runs and three doubles to help propel Union to 6-3 and 17-4 wins against Clarkson on Sunday afternoon at Shuttleworth Park. The Old Greenwich, CT native went 3-for-4 in the first game, before hitting two home runs and going 4-for-6 in game two. Overall he hit six RBI's, scored five runs and totaled 16 bases.  With the wins and the four-game weekend sweep, Union is now 12-4 on the season with a 6-2 mark in Liberty League play, good for first place.

Tufts had 21 hits, earned 10 walks and took advantage of seven Keene State errors as the Jumbos won a non-conference game over the Owls 23-7 at Huskins Field. Five Jumbos had three hits or more led by a 4 for 6 day with four runs and an rbi from junior DH John Moschella. Senior 3B Tommy O'Hara, junior RF Malcolm Nachmanoff and sophomore infielder Elias Varinos all had three hits for Tufts. The Jumbos improved to 10-8 overall. Keene State (10-8) was led by senior 3B Abe Grainger, who went 2 for 4 including his first home run of the season with two outs in the top of the sixth.


In the first game, the Lutes (19-12, 17-6 NWC) had a rough first inning, giving up five runs on six hits, which put them in a hole that they didn't manage to come back from.Senior Ryan Arena hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run ninth inning as Babson erased a 7-0 deficit to defeat visiting Wheaton College, 8-7, in NEWMAC action on Sunday afternoon at Govoni Field. Babson, which has won nine straight games, completed a three-game sweep of the Lyons to improve to 16-7 overall and 7-2 in league play. Wheaton slips to 10-12 overall and 5-4 in the NEWMAC with the loss.  Arena had two hits and scored twice, junior Nicholas Browne hit a two-run homer, and sophomore Jake Oliger went 1-for-3 with two runs batted in for the Beavers. Senior Mark Webber also added a pair of hits and sophomore William Gallagher tossed three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 2-0 on the year.

A four-run fourth and six-run fifth inning gave ample support to starting pitcher junior Sam Lawrence as Pacific posted an 11-1 win over Occidental to wrap up the non-conference weekend series in Forest Grove. The Boxers (14-20) had double-digit hits (13) for the 10th time on the season and scored double-digit runs (11) for the sixth time on the season. Pacific freshman Aaron Alexander had his third multi-hit game of the season and tied a season-high scoring two runs, fellow freshman Chase Anderson and sophomore Trevor Quinn each tied a season-high with two hits. Senior Von Ferguson tied a season-high with two runs scored, plus senior Dylan Wright had two hits, two runs scored and three RBI in the win. Lawrence [pictured] went eight innings, tying a season-high with five strikeouts and allowing one run (earned) en route to the win to improve to 5-3. Senior Joey Angyus pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

Suffolk's Brady Chant is the second batter in as
many days to record his 200th hit on his career.

Suffolk athletics photo

Nichols split a doubleheader with Roger Williams, winning game one 7-3, before falling to the Hawks 2-1 in 14 innings, in a pair of CCC games on Sunday afternoon. The Bison ended the day at 7-15 overall and 1-1 in league games, while the Hawks moved to 7-11 overall and 1-1 in league games as well. Nichols is back in action Thursday afternoon when they host Framingham State.

Endicott swept Curry in a conference doubleheader by scores of 3-1 and 11-5 (8 inn.) at the Jack Vallely Diamond. Endicott starter Liam Burke earned the win (2-1) on six solid innings, four hits, one run (unearned), a walk, and a game-high six strikeouts. Meanwhile, Will Bryant closed out the seventh on a groundout and a 4-6-3 double play, all sandwiched around a single and two hit-by-pitches. Down 5-1 headed into the top of the fifth, Endicott forced extra innings with four runs combined through the fifth and sixth innings before exploding for six more in the eighth to secure the sweep.

Washington University split a doubleheader against Emory to wrap up its second of four University Athletic Association series, beating the Eagles 11-7 in game one before falling 4-0 in game two at Chappell Park. WashU concluded the weekend with a 15-12 overall record, including 4-4 in UAA play. Emory ended the week with a 13-14 overall record while evening its association record to 4-4. Senior Auggie Mense had an explosive Sunday, finishing the doubleheader 4-for-8 at the plate with four runs, two RBIs, two walks and two stolen bases. Freshman Troy Bauer held the Eagles scoreless for 3.2 innings in game two to help keep the Bears within striking distance while classmate Tim Tague earned the victory in game one pitching 4.1 innings out of the bullpen.

Thiel split a two-game PAC series with Washington and Jefferson on Saturday falling in game one 11-0 before taking game two 4-3. Tomcat starter Matt Gayda went five innings allowing two runs and retired three batters on strikes to be in position for the win. Matt Hultquist came on in the sixth and pitched three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the ninth. Anthony Rago came on for Hultquist in the ninth and closed the game out and picked up his first save of the year. Gayda (1-1) picked up his first win of the year in game two.

Guiding North Central to a 6-5 win over Carroll to complete the season sweep, head coach Ed Mathey becomes the winningest head coach in program history, passing legendary head coach and North Central Hall of Fame inductee Tom Purcell '74 with his 305th career victory in a Cardinal uniform. In his 13th year at the helm of the Cardinals, Mathey is just the second coach in program history to eclipse 300 wins, while needing just one more win to reach 600 career victories over his 25-year career.

York earned a split in Sunday's doubleheader against Wesley at Jaquet Field in CAC action. Sam Meck earned his second win of the season as Wesley took game one 7-6, with seven strong innings of work. Meck struck out two while scattering nine hits, three walks and three runs. In a 13-12 win for York, Brandon Haggerty struck out seven in just over four innings of work, while allowing just a pair of hits, to earn the win on the mound in the second game, as a trio of Spartans recorded three hits in the second game.

Senior Matt Krupa reached the 200 career hit
plateau as Kean split with Stockton, 4-5, 8-4 on
Sunday. Krupa is now one of six players in Kean
baseball history to reach the milestone.
Kean athletics photo

Josh Shepherd struck out pinch-hitter Jacob Merica with the bases loaded to end the game and preserve Guilford's 4-3 win over visiting Eastern Mennonite. The Quakers claimed the ODAC doubleheader's opener, 7-6, when the Royals misplayed a fly ball with two out and the bases loaded, which allowed the tying and winning runs to score.

After dropping the series opener Saturday afternoon, Concordia Texas responded by taking one of two games Sunday against Texas-Dallas at UTD Baseball Field. The Tornados dropped game one of the day 8-3 before bouncing back to take the series finale 4-1 and move to 20-10, 13-5 ASC. In game one of the doubleheader, CTX jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but were unable to hold it as the Comets scored eight runs in the sixth to win 8-3. Game two of the day was a low scoring affair throughout with both starting pitchers giving their team quality starts. Justin Traxler, a senior from Austin, Texas at CTX, picked up his fourth win on the year after pitching 4.2 innings, allowing just one hit, one run and striking out four.

Ithaca fought back from an early two-run deficit and overcame a two-hour and two-minute weather delay due to numerous snow storms to defeat visiting Elmira, 5-3, in an Empire 8 Conference contest at Freeman Field. Ithaca is now 11-9 on the season and 4-4 in the Empire 8. Sunday's game was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but 20 minutes prior to the start of the contest, a heavy snow storm rolled in and covered the infield. The storms continued to pop up over the course of the next two hours, which delayed the contest to a 3:02 p.m. first pitch.

Thanks to a ninth inning rally in the opening of the doubleheader plus a second shutout in the last three games, Sewanee defeated Millsaps to sweep the series on the road, 7-5 and 2-0, from Twenty Field. Sewanee will have one more week to improve their conference standings with the SAA tournaent starting in two weeks.

Western New England scored nine runs over the final three innings to earn a 13-5 victory over Westfield State in non-conference action at Hagan Field. Junior shortstop Alex Loparco was among four Golden Bears to post a multi-hit effort, as he went 3-for-6 at the plate with one RBI and three runs scored. Juniors Joe Cassella and Ben LaCroix and sophomore Kevin Johnson each recorded two hits and scored two runs, while Cassella, senior Jared Rosenblatt and junior Brian Valeriano (Stratford, Conn.) drove in two runs apiece. Junior left-hander Sean Halligan earned the win in relief after striking out two batters and allowing one unearned run on two hits over 2.2 innings.

Seven players notched two hits to pace New York University to a 15-1 victory over RPI)in the series finale on Sunday at Robison Field. With the win, the Violets improve to 20-4 overall and sweep the three-game set, while the Engineers drop to 11-11. NYU scored in all but the third and eighth innings, getting things started with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first. Sophomore lefthander Ford Ladd (4-2) on the hill, allowing a run on seven hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out four and walked three. Four relief pitchers combined to no-hit RPI over the final 3.1 innings, including senior Matthew Millus, who finished off the game by hurling a scoreless ninth.